Treatment Options



Just as there are multiple variables that lead to weight gain, there are multiple treatment options designed to meet the individual animal’s health needs. Some dogs can’t lose weight by exercise and nutrition management alone. In these cases, advances in pharmacology have led to promising options in the form of prescription medications.

This is why it’s so important to have your staff in the topic of weight management with your clients. A trained medical professional will ensure that each patient receives the treatment that’s most effective.    

Thanks to Pfizer Animal Health, The Pets RXercise program is able to offer you easy access to the latest developments in the area of pharmacology. While prescription medication is the newest tool in the arsenal against canine obesity, it is proving to be effective in cases where medical intervention is required. Research shows that this medication results in weight loss by reducing the dog’s appetite13 :

Pet owners will understandably have questions about how prescriptions work. For more information on how Pfizer Animal Health’s prescription drug, Slentrol, works inside the small intestine to prevent the absorption of fat and to suppress appetite, click here.

Medical Guidelines.

If you determine that prescription medicine is the most appropriate form of treatment for a patient, you will find resources online to help you shape a customized program that’s divided into three phases:

1.  Weight Loss.  This phase lasts as long as it takes the dog to reach the desired weight.   Monthly weight checks are recommended, so that the medication can be adjusted for the most effective result.

2.  Weight Management.   The desired weight has been reached.  The medication and visits continue for a period of time determined by you.

3.  Exercise and Nutrition.  Continue the food adjustment and exercise routine to maintain a healthy weight.

A detailed outline of these program steps can be found by clicking here.


Prescription medicine should be part of a weight management program that includes exercise and nutrition components.

Tools to engage you and your clients.

One of the best ways to endure you are working with all the information you will need is to have your clients keep an online journal. Involving them in this way, and managing their pet’s health, together, over time will lead to stronger partnership. You will find easy to use journaling resources by clicking here:


Abbey, a four-year old lab mix, before at 126 lbs and after at 107 lbs. A total Weight Loss 19lbs, or 15.1%

A four-month study14 of 431 dogs showed that almost all dogs lost weight and experienced an improvement in physical activities, including:

    *61% reported that their dog runs
    more often.
    *47% reported that their dog is more
    engaged in play.
    *37% reported that it’s easier for
    their dogs to climb the stairs.

CE credits for you and your staff

You’ll find up to date information and CE credit for learning about the effectiveness of prescription medicine in treating canine obesity at Pfizer Animal Health’s educational site. Just visit and register for easy access.


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